5 Best Apps of the Week: Moleskine’s Crazy Gorgeous New Calendar App + More!
This Saturday I can’t promise you all a long weekend :( but I CAN promise you five awesome apps you need in your life or at least need to be able to talk about at brunch with your cool friend who knows a lot about apps. I’m basically just asking you guys if you have brunch plans and if I can be that cool friend. Think about it and get back to me, but first, discover new downloads that will save you a trip to the doc, find you a travel companion, a dress or an answer to your organizational prayers.
1. PolkaDoc: I’m not even going to front — I have MADE doctors appointments with the explicit goal to get a new subscription for birth control pills. It happens. This new download uses a secure service to hook you up with that prescription for a $15 e-visit that includes you recording a short video and answering health questions. The toughest thing here is that you’ll need to know your blood pressure. Everything else you can pretty much do from your desk at work. Wow, your coworkers are going to think you’re on a really weird dating app. Anyways, real deal docs will review your request and follow standard protocol to approve it and if all is kosher, it will be ready at your pharmacy in one business day.
2. Moleskine Timepage: With the bold statement that this is “the most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist,” (Evernote, Sunrise, let’s get ready to rumble!) your go-to co for jotting down notes is joining the app game and you’ll be glad they did.
As timeless as Moleskine’s paper products are, this new app IS pretty damn elegant, syncing your digital calendars and showing them off in one continuous, easily digestible flow. Sweet little illustrations pack a practical punch of crucial info you might need for your meetings, like directions and weather conditions. Input new events as easy as typing in Drinks With the Girls at 6pm and, you know it, see it all on your Apple Watch.
DL It: $4.99 on iOS
3. Telegram with Aniways: Are you all like, “Ah, elegant productivity apps?! I don’t want to adult today!” Well, nbd, ‘cause I have just the download for you — how ‘bout a keyboard that adds stickers and animations while you’re typing?! As kooky as this app looks, it too has a practical edge. Not only will it offer up boozy emoticons when you text your friend, “Want to have a drink?” It will also suggest places nearby for said drink(s). Cheers to that.
4. Style Lend: We’ve been keeping tabs on this website that essentially grants you access to your stylish neighbors’ closets so it’s exciting to see it in app form. Like a community-run Rent the Runway, Style Lend lets you look through and list designer dresses in nearby closets so you can rent a (new) friend’s frock or list your own and make some dough along the way. Find the perfect dress for your upcoming event, request it and you’ll be put in a little chatroom with its owner so you can arrange a pickup. They’ll take care of dry cleaning, the selfie of you in the dress on the dancefloor at your cousin’s wedding is all you.
DL It: Free on iOS
5. TravelBud: Whether you’re traveling with a group or flying solo, this app wants to help you hook up with people on a similar journey. Just like those you-know-who dating apps, you set up a profile (which can be you, you + your boo, you + your crew or whomever it is you travel with on the regular) and fine people going places — literally the ones you’re in or going to as well. Sure, sure, it’s tough not to think of this new social network as “Tinder for Travel Companions, tagline: Stop wandering, you’ve found the lust” but you *could* use this to find fellow adventurers while globetrotting in a strictly platonic sense as well.
DL It: Free on iOS
What was your favorite app of recent download? Share the best thing on your phone right now with us below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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